Letters to the Editor
I am a member of Anthem Blue Cross, Covered California. I use several prescription medications. I patronize Dokimo’s Nevada City. I like the people there, it is a small town business, a low stress experience, and it’s next to a great grocery store. Recently I asked my doctor for a three month prescription for two expensive medications. I took it to Dokimo’s, they ran it to see what the price was. It came back, “Your insurance doesn’t authorize three months of refills.” And Dokimo’s price was about 40 percent higher than getting three months worth at Express Scripts.
I called my insurance company and was told, “We have a contract with Express Scripts to provide this service.” If one company is authorized to provide three months of refills, AND a large discount, then other companies should have a crack at that market too. I want to keep my dollars in my local economy, so that there are local jobs and businesses, and important services available to me here in my town.Learn more »
It used to be that the public pool was a safe place for unsupervised young teens to hang out and stay cool on those hot summer days. My 14 year old daughter and her friends were at the Pioneer pool this week. A boy their age traded phone numbers with one of my daughter’s friends (despite my daughter begging for a smartphone, here is one more reason she’ll have to wait).
By the end of the day, those girls had received lewd images of this male minor who had an apparently high opinion of his ... maleness.Learn more »
Eating, drinking and watching fireworks are what people enjoy when celebrating America’s independence. America’s freedom does not allow people to drive drunk. Ironically, it is one of our country’s deadliest problems.
A drunken driver hit me head-on in April of 1992 when I was 16. My education and active life in sports against other San Joaquin County schools ended.Learn more »
On May 30, the Elder-Care Providers’ Coalition held an all day conference at the Holiday Inn Express titled, “The Caregiver’s Journey Continues...”
The overwhelming response from the audience was extremely positive and people came away with hand-outs and materials regarding the many resources and services in our beloved county. I would like to extend a heartfelt appreciation to the following: HelpLine Information & Assistance, One Source, Banner Crest Care Home, Atria Senior Living, Eskaton Village, Cascades of Grass Valley, Partners in Care, Interim HomeStyle Services, Brunswick Village, Gold County Home Care, Holiday Inn Express, and members of the Elder-Care Providers’ Coalition. Bravo!Learn more »
Even though a jury found Phil Lester and Susan Laferte guilty of several charges, I maintain they are innocent. They are two of the finest folks you would want to know. Their accusers lost money in Gold Country Lenders but so did Phil and Susan and so did I. GCL loaned our money on real estate the same as did the banks. The government bailed out the banks but prosecuted Phil and Susie. Several of those who had money invested in loans decided Phil and Susie should be prosecuted because the loans became defaulted. We forgive the accusers but we will not stop our efforts to free them until this miscarriage of justice is reversed.
Mike RoughLearn more »
There are three things all drivers can easily do to help prevent accidents and reduce traffic injuries and death. Everyone knows two of them, but the third is rarely known. The first two are: always wear seat belts; and turn on headlights day and night.
The third was told to me by a friend who was an EMT/paramedic in Hawaii, where, over a 25 year career, he went to hundreds of auto accidents. He said, “When we got there, if the people were still inside the car, they were almost always alive and not terminally injured, regardless of the severity of the accident. If they were thrown from the car, they were almost always dead.”Learn more »
As Jim Firth states (“Other Voices” on June 20), increasing registration and voter turnout of legal and eligible citizens is a worthy goal. Interested and involved citizens casting their vote, after studying issues and evaluating candidates, is good for our Republic. I was confused, however, on exactly how he would like the proposed “Motor Voter Act” to be enacted. Currently, one provision of this Act would register a new voter as “No Party Preference,” unless a specific preference was indicated. Jim Firth states that “many of his Democratic colleagues are nervous about that provision of the legislation.” He believes that “the vast majority of new voters will understand that the direction our national, state, and local governments must take will align more closely with the Democratic party.” Is he suggesting that the DMV should make that decision for these newly registered voters, rather than allowing them to make their own evaluation? Perhaps Jim Firth and “his colleagues are nervous about that provision” because they fear that when new voters truly understand the direction in which our government is going, they will make a vastly different choice than he proposes — and I believe that each individual citizen has the right to make that choice for themselves!
Terry McLaughlinLearn more »
Kudos to Diego’s Restaurant for hosting a fundraising dinner on June 16 for the upcoming California CareForce free medical, dental and vision clinic coming to Grass Valley Nov. 14-15.
Good-hearted, sweet people own Diego’s, and their employees are wonderful too. If you’ve never eaten there, you’re missing out on a uniquely delicious and enjoyable experience. Thanks also to all of you who came that night to help us fund the needs of the clinic, because it is totally free to the patients!Learn more »
The core of American exceptionalism lies not only in the gratifying celebration of our beloved traditions, honorable sacrifices, and outstanding achievements. American exceptionalism is the dynamic force that moves a nation of many ethnicities, religions, and political views forward together to right the wrongs and overcome the injustices in each generation.
It is the fearless strength that allows us to look back in history with compassion and pride in our ability to overcome the past and confront the present.Learn more »
The Gold Country Lions Golf Team presented Sierra Services to the Blind the Club’s proceeds from the Motorcycle Poker Run recently. The Team came in with a score of 80, which put us in front of at least two other teams, one of which apparently was blind. Richard indicated, however, that there were three blind teams on the course yesterday. The Hammer was presented to the last team and they actually received prizes for being last; a new twist this year.
Thanks goes out to Ken, Craig and Allen for outstanding sportsmanship. We endured the heat and made it through all 18 holes with the last nine completed one over par. Don’t ask about the first nine. Go Lions!Learn more »
If you’re unhappy with the way you’re being treated by the State of California, you’re not alone. Instead of complaining or getting mad I ask you to take action now! If you’re a farmer that’s planted your crops only to have your water cut off or a rancher who is being forced to reduce your herd. Maybe you’re a dredge miner that was forced off your legal claim or a timber operator who can’t harvest timber from national forest land. Are you a business person that’s struggling or lost your business to over regulation? Maybe you’re a truck driver who was forced to change your truck engine by CARB or a homeowner that has been paying the $150 Fire Prevention Fee (tax) only to find out that your fire insurance is being cancelled. Tired of being over taxed, over regulated and not represented in Sacramento? Join our peaceful revolution known as the State of Jefferson. It’s time for the 20 Northern Counties of California to form the 51st state. We’ll utilize Article 4, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution to form a new rural state.
Please write, call, or email you’re representative on the County Board of Supervisors and share your stories. Ask them to pass a Declaration of Separation. This will make your county a participant in the redress of grievances against California. The county can withdraw from this at any time. There is no risk. Six counties have already gone through this process.Learn more »
Patricia Lee Anderson, in her June 18 letter, seems to think that progressives invented the concept of redistribution. Obviously she’s missed the major redistribution of the nation’s wealth that’s happened in the last 35 years. Changes in tax laws, trade deals beginning with NAFTA, deregulation of Wall Street and finance in general have redistributed most of the country’s wealth to a small percentage of rich people. Millions of citizens have lost their jobs, homes, and retirement savings. Weakening so many citizens weakens the whole country. So yeah, it’s time for a redistribution in the opposite direction. Prosperity used to be more widely shared in this country, and it needs to be again.
Patricia BlackLearn more »
Would you think that Music in the Mountains and Animal Place would have a connection? Well, last night we found out that they do! The MIM Young Composers Project visited the sanctuary for farm animals twice this year and through the amazing work that they saw there were inspired to compose musical pieces that reflected their feelings of compassion for all living creatures. The Summerfest Concert was a delight and a tribute to its teachers Mark Vance and Jerry Grant and the 12 young composers who had their compositions performed. Thank you MIM for this recital. The talent displayed was phenomenal, how lucky we are to have this level of creativity amongst us, our young people are a tribute to this community.
Lindy and Greg Schasiepen, Music and animal advocatesLearn more »
Kudos to the wonderful folks at Forest Springs Mobile homes. Office manager Pat Lane, and members of the Forest Springs community, regularly collect paper bags and egg cartons for Interfaith Food Ministry. With over 90,000 bags of groceries given out annually, IFM relies and the extra effort of individuals such as these caring residents.
Thank you all — we could not do it without you.Learn more »
On behalf of Hospice of the Foothills, the Board of Directors thank LeGacy Productions for presenting such a professional and entertaining production to benefit our organization. In appreciation for the support that hospice provided to his uncle, the Director, Alvis LeGate, donated the proceeds from the June 11 play Brighton Beach Memoirs. Because insurance and individual finances do not adequately cover the cost of providing our mission to affirm life, we must rely on the support of the community to cover the difference. Their generosity demonstrates that community generosity we find in Nevada County.
E. Frank Santos, President Board of DirectorLearn more »
I want to thank Dan Wheat of A-Z Plumbing, for his kind donation to help fund the free health care clinic that will be November 14 and 15 at the Grass Valley Veterans Hall. The clinic will provide free dental, vision and medical care. We need the continued support of all the merchants and citizens of Nevada County to make this a success.
Roger LewisLearn more »
I would like to thank Lynn and Camille Kerby for their very generous donation to help fund the California Care Force free health care clinic that is coming to Grass Valley Nov. 14-15.
The clinic will help up to 500 patients each day with medical, dental and vision care. It will be open to everyone for free, totally funded by donations, and operated by an all volunteer staff of health care professionals. To see more, go to CaliforniaCareForce.org.Learn more »
Bill Clinton said it: “It’s the economy, stupid.” Hillary Clinton is going to say it: “It’s the economy, stupid.”
President Obama and Democrats have spent six years repairing a devastated economy, a record national debt, and two expensive and unwinnable wars of occupation they inherited from the Bush Republicans. Is that what you want to return to?Learn more »
As many of you know, Western Nevada County is home to myriad nonprofits providing community service to populations in need. That, however, only tells part of the story. Individuals and informal groups are performing good deeds as well.
An assembly of doctors and nurses, led by Dr. Joyce Czuprynski and school nurse Karen Harris, RN, volunteer their time every year at Nevada Union’s annual Sports Physical Night. For a donation of $20, any prospective NU student-athlete gets a physical with a doctor that allows them to participate in the upcoming year’s athletic opportunities. And, all proceeds are donated to NU Athletics. This year’s event was June 9 and again hosted by Sierra Care Physicians.Learn more »
Gary Brown’s Other Voices article, “Nevada County, no place to ride road bikes,” was filled with good information – wear bright colors and don’t ride at dusk, dark, or in the rain, but I was disappointed at his turn in closing by essentially saying that road bikers should stay off narrow, winding roads.
There is room on all of our roads for cyclists and motorists if both parties obey the law and exercise good judgment and respect for each other’s right to be there. Cyclists should pull over whenever traffic backs up behind them and motorists should just slow down.Learn more »
The majority of products in grocery stores come in boxes, bags, cans, jars and other packaging and contain added preservatives to allow them to sit on the shelves for a very long time. Food products, along with body and hair care and household products, are loaded with hard-to-pronounce ingredients that could be making kids sick, fat and dumb.
Most of the “food” in grocery stores really cannot be called food because, by definition, food nourishes, repairs, provides energy and helps with immunity, yet parents continue to spend most of their grocery money on products containing ingredients like red #40, monosodium glutamate (MSG) and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).Learn more »
Thank you for publishing this young man’s essay on being trans** (as the author referred to the proper term to cover the entire spectrum of gender identity).
As an English teacher, I was first struck more by how logical JD Dennis’ writing was: so clear and reasoned, yet with the determination to educate the reader. If that is how the English students are being taught writing in JD’s English class, I give respect to his teacher!Learn more »
George Boardman’s conservative rhetoric has it wrong again. In his column, “pension burden ... to crowd out services taxpayers expect,” he warns that government employee pensions are the source of our local economic problems.
No. Problems with local revenues began in 2008 when we experienced a nationwide recession based on the self-serving practices of big banks. It may have been compounded by bad management choices of local governments in how funds were allocated. I mean do we really need all the expensive police and fire equipment, helicopters, and the huge ex-military vehicle that we, the taxpayers, are buying? Do we really need to take fed dollars to take out a bridge that isn’t causing any problem?Learn more »
I read an article in The Union about local schools adopting a program to teach students better behavior to avoid going to the principal’s office and losing precious “instruction time.”
The method of teaching better behavior is creating new rules and rewarding students for following them, in order to become “good students.” It seems to me that this method of motivating young people comes from the outdated paradigm of punishing and reward. This does not work any longer for our age. We should be motivated by self esteem, personal responsibility and love. We can instill in the students a love of learning, by loving life.Learn more »
It was such a pleasure to receive my The Union Saturday and find the TV guide as promised.
Many thanks to all concerned ... Publisher Jim Hemig, The Union, and the members of the public (281 as of Friday) who made their wishes known.Learn more »
I’ve worked on several boards in Nevada County, frequently serving as treasurer. However I knew very little about Alta Sierra Property Owners’ Association when I was asked to join the Board of Directors and serve as their treasurer.
From the very beginning I was impressed with the combined professional experience of the ASPOA board members and their commitment to the organization. They make every effort to be transparent and professional in all their activities and are each dedicated to the good of the Alta Sierra homeowners. Board members are volunteers who donate countless hours and often their own resources in fulfilling their roles.Learn more »
OMG! I was so close to canceling The Union to get the Bee just for the TV Guide.
I’ve been using the last issue of The Union’s TV guide for a month, all while trying to draft a letter to the editor without using derogatory language.Learn more »
I want to thank David Adams for writing such a clear and informative column on the hazards of smart meters. Really well done!
Our family includes one extremely sensitive member, which woke us up to the subject months ago. After just a little research, we learned about many of the dangers to all of us, and we opted out. Frankly, the more we learn on the subject, the more alarmed we become.Learn more »
“Euphemism” is a rhetorical expression in which pleasant words are substituted for offensive ones. For example, “medium rare,” “prime cut,” “filet mignon” or a half-cooked piece of dead cow?
Isn’t it amusing that someone who proclaims they don’t use glittering generalities call themselves progressive?Learn more »
I would like to send a big thank you to Tess’s Kitchen Store, Olive Vitality Store, Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, the nurses from 2 North, volunteers from the Cancer Center, and nurse Sue for the beautiful quilt, for contributing to our Annual Cancer Center picnic held on June 7.
It was a huge success with 250 survivors and their families attending. Thank you also to Lisa Stine and her harp group for performing. It was great seeing everyone enjoying a wonderful day.Learn more »